When asked if Arsenal were in the hunt for a trophy this term in an interview with the Arsenal Player website Nacho Monreal suggested ‘I would not say just one [trophy], I would say a few.’
The former Malaga man went on to highlight the Premier League and the Champions League as most important to the club and by way of commendation for his confidence bwin have priced-up Nacho’s double at 102/1.
Seven of the last 10 Champions League winners won their domestic league in the same campaign.
Senor Monreal will be pleased to know that achieving such a double has proved far from impossible in the recent past and neither is it the preserve of a team gassed up on confidence from a period of domestic dominance.
In the last 11 renewals the reason for the lack of apostrophe in the competition’s title has been made abundantly clear with six of the winners failing to claim domestic hours in the previous campaign.
The Premier League has only been won by a manager in their first season at a club twice in 21 seasons.
In a maelstrom of a season which sees all three sides to finish above them last term getting used to life under new management all is serene at the Emirates with Arsene Wenger in his 17th season at the helm.
As such there has never been a better time for the Gunners to make a sudden swoop for the league title which has eluded them since the heyday of Thierry Henry in 2004.
Arsenal have beaten the last three Champions League winners at least once during their victorious campaigns.
Wenger’s men have proved more than capable of beating sides good enough to lift the prize of prizes in recent seasons, coming within an away goal of toppling the subsequently imperious Bayern Munich in the 2012/13 second round thanks to a 2-0 win in Germany.
The year before that they took four points off Chelsea in the Premier League, while Barcelona were defeated at the Emirates on their way to Champions League victory in 2010/11.
With a stronger squad now than in any of those seasons there’s no certainly no reason to scoff at bwin’s Nacho Monreal-inspired 102/1 double.